Floxal® eye drops are used for infections of the eye with bacterial agents. They contain the active substance ofloxacin, which belongs to the group of antibiotics. The drug develops its effect directly on the eye and can thus lead to a rapid improvement in diseases such as conjunctivitis.

Indication for Floxal eye drops

Floxal® eye drops are used for bacterial infections of the anterior segment of the eye. This includes the inter alia the horn and conjunctiva of the eye. Even with inflammation of the lid margin or the lacrimal sac, for example in the context of a barley grain, the antibiotic eye drops can provide relief.

The Floxal® eye drops are not helpful for viral inflammations, allergic reactions (eg in the context of hay fever) or infections of the back of the eye (eg the retina).

Use of Floxal eye drops in conjunctivitis

Suffering from conjunctivitis, also called conjunctivitis, this may have different causes.
A distinction is made between infectious conjunctivitis, ie complaints caused by pathogens such as bacteria or viruses, and non-infectious conjunctivitis, which may be allergic, for example.
The Floxal® eye drops are intended for the treatment of infectious bacterial conjunctivitis, as here a pathogenic bacterium irritates the eye. The active substance ofloxacin attacks these pathogens directly and destroys them. It should be noted that bacterial conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and patients should be careful of hand hygiene to prevent further infection.

Floxal eye drops on barley grain

Under a barley grain, also called Hordeolum, one understands an acute bacterial inflammation of the eyelid, more precisely one of the numerous glands of the eyelid. Most infections are caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and show through a painful, reddened knot on the eyelid.

Even a barley grain can be treated with Floxal® eye drops, as the active ingredient ofloxacin also attacks the bacterium and thus leads to healing. Barley grains usually heal with a local antibiotic treatment without complications, but should the symptoms persist, an ophthalmologist should be consulted.

Use of Floxal eye drops for earache

The active ingredient of the Floxal® Eye Drop Ofloxacin is also used in bacterial diseases of the ear, more specifically the outer ear and the middle ear. Bacterial inflammation of the ear can cause various symptoms, including earache and hearing loss, but also general symptoms such as fever and fatigue.
Strictly speaking, Floxal® eye drops are only suitable for eye infections. In acute inflammation of the external auditory canal, however, the drops can also be used here should they be at hand. Here, the drops can be used locally on the ear.
However, we do not recommend a self-therapy, the course to the home or ENT doctor should be done in any case, to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment!

Contraindications for Floxal eye drops

Floxal® eye drops must not be used in known allergic hypersensitivity to the active substance ofloxacin! The same applies to the antiseptic additive benzalkonium chloride. Other contraindications do not exist.

How do Floxal eye drops work?

The active substance in Floxal® eye drops is called Ofloxacin. It is an antibiotic, a remedy for bacterial infections.

The uses of Ofloxacin are diverse and can help with inflammation in many parts of the body. So it acts both in the urinary tract in eg bladder or kidney pelvic inflammatory disease but also in infections in the mouth and throat, in middle ear infections or skin infections. Also, the sexually transmitted gonorrhea, also known as gonorrhea, can be treated with ofloxacin.

Ofloxacin belongs to the antibiotic subgroup of fluoroquinolones. These drugs take advantage of bacteria-own enzymes that inhibit their function and thus prevent bacterial growth.

The Floxal® eye drops look strictly local in the eye, which means that the drug can not work throughout the body, as it is the case with tablets. As a result, the drug is only to be used in the above-mentioned eye diseases.

Side effects of Floxal eye drops

Since Floxal® eye drops work alone in the eye, few side effects are known.
Most commonly, patients complain of irritation or irritation of the eye in the form of a slight burning or reddening of the conjunctiva. These symptoms are usually present only for a short time.
Rarely, deposits on the cornea of ​​the eye are reported, mostly in connection with preexisting corneal diseases.
Very rare but potentially life-threatening are strong allergic reactions to the drug ofloxacin or carriers of the drug. These can range from a painful swelling of the eye to a systemic allergic shock with circulatory failure.
Also, life-threatening skin rashes (so-called Stevens-Johnson syndrome) have already been observed. If symptoms such as severe swelling of the eye, rash or discomfort occur, they should be taken seriously and consultation should be sought with the attending physician.

Interactions of Floxal eye drops

When prescribing a new drug, the treating physician should always be informed about any other medicines taken. For Floxal® eye drops, however, no interactions with other drugs are currently known.
It should only be noted that other eye drops or eye ointments should be administered at least 15 minutes apart. Eye ointments should be used last.

Are There Floxal Eye Drops Without Prescription?

Floxal® eye drops contain an antibiotic and are a prescription drug. This means that the eye drops can only be prescribed by a doctor and then picked up with the appropriate prescription at the pharmacy.

Cost of Floxal eye drops

Floxal® eye drops cost in the pharmacy to the 16 euros for 5ml and are prescription. With a cash receipt, the copayment price is 5 euros.

How do I properly apply Floxal eye drops?

Before using Floxal® eye drops, the patient should first wash his hands thoroughly. Then he can lean his head back slightly and pull the lower eyelid down slightly. The vial of eye drops can now be brought close to the eye - but it should not touch it - and by light pressure a drop can be placed directly into the splayed conjunctival sac. This can cause a slight burning sensation. To evenly distribute the liquid, it should now be blinked several times or the eyes should be kept closed for a short time. When storing the packaging, make sure that the drops are not contaminated.

Duration and frequency of application

The prescription of the treating doctor is binding for the dosage of Floxal® eye drops - this you should absolutely adhere to. Unless otherwise prescribed, a drop should be made four times daily in the conjunctival sac of the affected eye. The usual duration of therapy is a maximum of 14 days. Depending on the cause and severity of the infection, this dosage can be varied. They should not drop off the drops prematurely even if the symptoms improve, as they risk a recurrent infection.

Use in pregnancy and lactation

The use of any medication should be discussed during pregnancy and lactation with the attending physician, in order to exclude possible harm to the child! For Floxal® eye drops, there is currently no evidence of harm to the unborn child as they are applied locally. The same applies to breastfeeding. However, in order to avoid taking any risks, the risk and benefits should be carefully weighed up with the attending physician.

Application for babies / children

For the use in babies, children and adolescents there are so far only very limited experiences. If your child suffers from an eye infection, they should go to your pediatrician or ophthalmologist, so that he can select an appropriate therapy. Even though the child is most likely infected, your Floxal® eye drops should not be given to your child without consultation!

When is an improvement in the symptoms expected?

Depending on the clinical picture and severity, the noticeable onset of action of the Floxal® eye drops may vary. As a rule, however, after a few days a clear improvement in the symptoms should occur.
If this is not the case, consultation with the ophthalmologist should be consulted again to ensure that the drops are taken correctly and are actually effective for the present pathogen.
If there is an exacerbation of eye inflammation, systemic antibiotic injections in the form of tablets or infusions may also be necessary.

Shelf life after opening

Floxal® eye drops should be kept dry, protected from light and at temperatures not exceeding 25 ° C. After opening, they are stable for 6 weeks, after which they must be disposed of. After expiration of the best before date (found on the packaging), closed eye drops must not be used.

Floxal eye drops without preservatives

With Floxal® eye drops there is the possibility to dispense with preservatives. Free of these are usually the eye drops, which are packaged as single doses. Simply contact your pharmacist if you are sensitive to preservatives.

Alternatives to Floxal eye drops

Floxal® eye drops are a product of Bausch + Lomb. However, eye drops containing the active substance ofloxacin are available from different manufacturers at different prices (eg Ratiopharm). Your pharmacist will certainly be happy to advise you in this case and offer them the cheapest alternative.

In addition, a Floxal Eye Ointment can be used instead of eye drops.

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